MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

January 25, 2011

6:30 P.M.

 

 

The Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Number Five met in the Offices of the Board this date with the following members present:  Mr. David Alewine, Mr. Charles Lee Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dickie Smith, Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.

 

 

NOTICE TO MEDIA

 

In accordance with the S. C. Code of Laws, 1976, Section 30-4-80(d), as amended, the following have been notified of the time, date, place and agenda of this meeting:  The Anderson Independent-Mail, Greenville News, The Anderson Journal, WYFF, WSPA, Paul Brown, and FOX 21.

 

 

CALL TO ORDER & INVOCATION

 

Mr. Norris called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., and Mrs. Mack gave the invocation.

 

Mr. Norris welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

 

 

BOARD ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

The election of board officers was carried out according to Board Policy BD—Organization of the School Board.  Mr. Norris was re-elected as Chairman of the Board, Dr. Talmadge was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Anderson was re-elected as Secretary of the Board.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Mr. Bradshaw requested that another Contractual Matter be added to the agenda in Executive Session.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the agenda with the addition noted.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the December 15, 2010 Regular Board Meeting as submitted.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVAL OF BOARD CALENDAR

 

The Board holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month.  All board meetings, except for periods in which the board is in executive sessions, are open to the public.

 

Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the 2011 Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar as presented.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

 

Ms. Monique Law, Chair of the Social Action Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, stated that the Anderson Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority would like to partner with Anderson School District Five in helping the underserved students strive for an education beyond high school.  She further stated that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority mentors girls ages 11-18; provides scholarships; and encourages students to be above average, readers, and critical thinkers.  Ms. Law then presented an example of a partnership called Club Edge.

 

Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Law for her presentation.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of December 2010 as information.

 

Mr. Bradshaw stated that printing the financial statements by departments makes them difficult to understand and compare month by month.  He requested that the Financial Statements for the next month be printed by location.

 

After some discussion, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion that the Financial Statements for the next month be printed by location.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Approval of Out-of-District Tuition – Mr. Brooks stated that each year the Board approves a preliminary out-of-district tuition based on unaudited financial data.  Out-of-district tuition must be finalized when the annual audit is completed.  The final out-of district tuition for out-of-county students is $3,137 a $72 increase compared to the preliminary calculation.  The final out-of-district tuition for in-county students is $2,822, a $68 increase compared to the preliminary calculation.  The Administration recommended final approval of the 2010-2011 Out-of-District Tuition as presented.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the 2010-2011 Out-of-District Tuition as presented.  Mr. Alewine seconded motion, which carried unanimously.

 

2011-2012 Budget Calendar – Mr. Brooks presented the 2011-2012 Budget Calendar as information.  He stated that the budget calendar is subject to change.

 

 

LAKESIDE PRESENTATION

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Lakeside Principal Martha Hanwell to present for Board approval their plan of becoming a magnet school.  Mrs. Hanwell stated that Lakeside’s vision of becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet school started approximately six years ago.  She then recognized Cameron McElhannon to discuss the process.

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. McElhannon discussed the beginning of Lakeside’s journey.  She stated that Lakeside began with the Rigor and Relevance professional development that focused on inquiry, using technology in the classroom, and collaboration.  She further stated that middle school ELA teachers participated in a two-year summer writing institute and Lakeside ELA teachers participated in a year-long study at taking the ELA classrooms to an inquiry-based genre approach.  Mrs. McElhannon stated that Lakeside also incorporated AVID into its curriculum and now offers Gateway to Technology.

 

Mrs. Hanwell discussed why STEM and what STEM schools look like.  Mrs. Hanwell then recognized Lakeside teachers to explain how STEM impacts the four content areas (i.e., ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies).

 

Finally, Mrs. McElhannon reviewed the available courses a student would take if they chose to come to Lakeside.  The Administration recommended Board approval of magnet school status for Lakeside Middle School becoming Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry & Innovation, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) School beginning in August 2011.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the transition of Lakeside becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Magnet School beginning in August 2011.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF REZONING PARAMETERS

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the approved timeline for middle school assignment and a revised timeline for middle school assignment after polling parents using a home survey.  By Board consensus the revised timeline was accepted.

 

She then reviewed the prioritized results from the three community meetings, the prioritized results from the home survey, and the combined prioritized results from the community meetings and home survey.  Mrs. Bagley then asked the Board for their input and direction concerning the following parameters.

 

·         Minimize split communities

·         All schools will have the capacity for future growth

·         Attempt to balance the socio-economic status of students in each school

·         Attempt to create pure middle school feeder patterns to each high school. That is, attempt to prevent any middle school from feeding two high schools

·         Minimize the time students will spend on buses

·         Use main roads and natural barriers

 

Following some discussion, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the combined prioritized parameters from the community meetings and home survey as presented.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Anderson suggested that the Board prioritize the parameters before approval.

 

Mr. Bradshaw then withdrew his motion and Dr. Talmadge withdrew his second.

 

Following further discussion, Bradshaw again made a motion the Board approve the combined prioritized parameters from the community meetings and home survey as presented.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion.  The motion carried with eight in favor and one opposition (Anderson).

 

 

APPROVAL OF 2011-2012 SCHOOL CALENDAR – Mrs. Bagley presented for Board approval the 2011-2012 School Calendar.  She discussed the following calendar highlights:

 

  • Four teacher workdays at the beginning of the school year
  • First school day for students – August 16
  • Fall holidays – October 31 and November 1
  • Three-day holiday at Thanksgiving
  • Three weekends during the winter break
  • Three snow make-up days (by state law) – February 20, April 9, and June 7
  • Spring break is the first full week in April (April 2-6)
  • Memorial Day holiday – May 28
  • Last school day for students – June 5

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the 2011-2012 School Calendar as presented.  Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF REVISED 2010-2011 SCHOOL CALENDAR (SNOW DAYS)

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that the five Anderson County Superintendents met to discuss the snow make-up days for students.  She then presented for Board approval four proposed snow make-up days.

 

Friday, February 18

Monday, April 25

Wednesday, June 8 (may be forgiven)

Thursday, June 9 (may be forgiven)

 

Also under the proposal, Friday, June 10, will become a professional development day and Monday, June 13, will be designated a furlough day for teachers and other employees.  The June 13 furlough day replaces the February 18 furlough day designated on the original school calendar.  Mrs. Bagley also suggested changing the early release days on February 2 and March 2 to full days to gain additional instructional hours.

 

Following some discussion, Mr. Smith made a motion the Board approve the snow make-up days as follows:  Friday, March 25; Monday, April 25; and change the early release days on February 2 and March 2 to full days to gain additional instructional hours.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion.  The motion carried with five in favor (Alewine, Anderson, Norris, Smith, Talmadge) and four oppositions (Bradshaw, Huitt, Mack, Zugg).

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley requested a Special Board Meeting to discuss the 2011-2012 budget process and schedule a date for the Board Retreat.  The New Board Orientation will immediately following the Special Board Meeting.

 

By Board consensus, the Special Board Meeting was scheduled for January 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

RECESS

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Student Expulsion Appeal, Administrative Personnel Recommendations, a legal update and two Contractual Matters.  Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(8:37 P.M.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session.  Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Student Expulsion Appeal.

 

Mr. Smith made a motion the Board uphold the Administration’s Recommendation for expulsion.  Mr. Zugg seconded the motion.

 

Mrs. Mack asked the parents to reconsider applying to the Anderson County Alternative School because it is a good program.

 

The motion carried with seven in favor and none opposed.  Two Board members recused themselves from voting (Alewine, Norris).

 

 

RECESS

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board reconvene in Executive Session to continue discussion of the Administrative Personnel Recommendations, a legal update and two Contractual Matters.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:45 p.m.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Administrative Personnel Recommendations and one Contractual Matter.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the District entering into a lease agreement with the Anderson Swim Club regarding the use of Sheppard Swim Center contingent upon the additions to the lease as suggested by Mr. Anderson.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Administrative Personnel Recommendations for Principal at Midway Elementary School of Science & Engineering, Director at the Anderson V Career Center, Principal at Southwood Academy of the Arts, and Director of Secondary Visual and Performing Arts at Southwood Academy of the Arts.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board adjourn.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(11:00 P.M.)

 

 

 

 

 

 


               CHAIRMAN                                                         SECRETARY

 

 

 

 


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Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent